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Welcoming the Stranger: NYANA and the Indochinese Refugees

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Publication Date: September 1998

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Arie Bierman; Valerie Otarsh

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 75-1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Refugees)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Social Services; Immigration; Volunteerism

Type: Report

Coverage: New York


The Refugee Urban Skills Project, conceived and run by the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) from 1984 to 1987, was an innovative approach to the resettlement needs of Indochinese refugees. It taught refugees vital skills for functioning in an urban setting; developed linkages with locally based agencies and resources; assisted refugees with specific housing, crime, and intergroup issues; and empowered refugees to advocate for themselves and develop their own support network.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.75 no.1, Fall 1998.